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Feb

24

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When men have been monopolizing the section discussion for 20 minutes and they ask if I want to “add” anything.

New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/ theatrically-inclined on campus.

On campus:

  • This Monday, Feb 26, check out “Jerusalem Lives At the Palestinian Museum,” a discussion with some of the figures involved with the recent “Jerusalem Lives” exhibit in Birzeit. This innovative, hard-hitting exhibit was the inaugural of the Palestinian Museum. The panelists will discuss: Why Jerusalem now? In the context of Israeli rule and a scattered nation, can projects like the Palestinian Museum succeed in educating the public, documenting Palestinian histories, and sparking the imagination of justice? The panel will be held at 6 pm in Int Affairs 1501.
  • Miss the Athena Film Festival screening of Lady Bird? Not to worry: Barnard is so proud of our graduate, Greta Gerwig, that the Lenfest Center is holding another screening this Thursday. Head to the Lenfest Center for the Arts at 5:30 or 8:30 pm to see this 5-time Oscar nominated and 2-time Golden Globe-winning film about a high school senior’s humorous struggles with her mother and the pressures of Catholic school. Come dressed in your red carpet best or opt for comfort in sweats! Rush tickets available 15 minutes before the show.
  • This weekend, the Barnard Theatre Department is presenting Jeune Terre, a new play written by Gabrielle Reisman and directed by Alice Reagan. The play tells the story of Jeune Terre, a Louisiana town grappling with the threat of rising waters in its immediate vicinity, and a theatre troupe that arrives just in time for the approaching storm to tell an old story in a new way. Head to the Glicker-Milstein Theatre in Diana LL2 at 8pm all three days, or 3pm on Saturday.

Off campus:

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Feb

19

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This weekend, Arts Editor Riva Weinstein sacrificed her sleep, sanity and occasional safety to participate in CMTS’ 24 hour musical. Actors were handed scripts and given 24 hours to learn blocking, choreography and music before the show went up at Lerner Black Box.

“Everyone was simultaneously delightfully glassy-eyed and manically energetic.”

6:00 P.M.

  • Arrived in Lerner.
  • Have managed to get sick on the single day of the year when it would present the greatest inconvenience.
  • Café East guy took pity on me and put some ice in my coffee. (Hot coffee for under-50 temperatures? I don’t know her.)
  • Due to copyright issues, director Maggie Vliestra (BC ’20) informs me I cannot say the name of the show in my article. Will henceforth refer to it as “Double Boiler! The Musical.”

7:00 P.M.

  • Singing about the most interesting state in the US.
  • I have nothing specifically against Iowa, it just scares me as a concept.

8:00 P.M.

  • Doing 50’s musicals is really just about cutting as much sexist and racist content as possible and grimacing at whatever’s too plot-relevant to cut.
  • Friend has brought a bagel slicer. Insists on calling it the “bagel guillotine.”

Read the descent into madness below

Feb

17

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I’m the one in the pink sash.

New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.

On campus:

  • TOMORROW at 6 pm in the Lerner Black Box, come see CMTS’ 24 Hour Musical! Actors have exactly 24 hours to learn their lines, music, staging and choreography before the house lights go up. Your friendly neighborhood Arts Editor will be in it, which is why you should honor her sacrifice of sleep/sanity and go see what is sure to be a highly entertaining show!
  • Monday at 6:15 pm, the Harriman Institute (Int Affairs 1201) is hosting a screening and discussion with the director of Children of Peace: The Story of The First Generation of Children Born After the Bosnian War. The film takes place in Bosnia and Herzegovina in the aftermath of the destructive Bosnian War. As the new generations grew ever more divided, six young people from six divided cities met and decided to do a performance about their mutual thoughts and beliefs.
  • This Friday at 8 pm, and Saturday at 3 and 7 pm, the Center for Science and Society is putting on “Science! The Musical” in Fayerweather 513. Janice, a first year PhD student, has just had her first paper accepted to an academic conference. The only problem is, she hasn’t written the paper yet! In the few short weeks before the conference, Janice must learn to do interdisciplinary science. Will she publish, or will she perish!?

Off campus:

  • This Saturday, Feb 24 from 11 am to 5 pm, you can celebrate the Lunar New Year Festival at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, with performances, interactive gallery activities, and artist-led workshops. Find the program here.
  • Tomorrow at 8:30 pm, UWS bar Prohibition NYC (503 Columbus Ave) is hosting Broadway Night. Come listen to Broadway’s current and future performers sing about love, sex, and heartbreak, including work from composer Sam Balzac (CC ’17). Check out the FB event here and the Prohibition website here.

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Feb

14

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Bwog Arts Editor Riva Weinstein covered the “Pulitzer Prize Edition” of Being the First, Barnard’s talk series showcasing trailblazers, pioneers, and those first in their fields. This Tuesday’s session was with Dana Canedy, the first woman, person of color, and youngest person ever to be named administrator of the Pulitzer Prizes, the most prestigious award in journalism.

I want to live in Sulz Parlor.

Upstairs in the cozy Sulz Parlor of Barnard Hall, Julie Zeilinger (BC ’15) – founder of the online teen feminist platform FBomb – gets ready to interview Dana Canedy. She’s not the first: Canedy’s mother frequently asks her “how it feels to be famous.” Laughing, Canedy responds, “If you have to tell people you’re famous, you’re not famous.”

Canedy knew she was a writer from childhood. Raised in Fort Knox, Kentucky, she was the first in her military family to attend college. She got her first journalism internship in her sophomore year by begging the administrators – who took only juniors and seniors – to work for free.

For the next several decades, she worked her way up from the Miami Herald to the New York Times, from business reporter to senior editor and special adviser to the CEO. In July 2017, the Pulitzer Prize Board and PrezBo announced that she would oversee the jury selection, prize deliberations and committee work of the Pulitzer Prizes.

In addition to her journalism career, Canedy is the author of the memoir A Journal for Jordan: A Story of Love and Honor. It’s been published in 10 countries and has been optioned for a movie by Columbia Pictures and Denzel Washington.

So what’s Canedy’s advice to young journalists and others entering the workforce?

The suspense is killing me…

Feb

11

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This reminds me of a nightmare I had once.

Bwog Arts Editor Riva Weinstein has experience in many fields of art. Avant-garde amateur film is, unfortunately, not one of them. Still, she tried to make the most out of the Yugoslav Experimental Film Symposium, which was held this Saturday in the Harriman Institute for Russian, Eurasian, and East European Studies at Columbia.

Listen, what’s the point of college if you don’t go to at least one or two Eastern European experimental film symposiums? At least, that’s what your pretentious liberal arts cousin, Michael, keeps telling you. He tells you this without looking up from his thrice-annotated copy of Finnegan’s Wake. God, Michael is such an asshole. And now your other family members are looking at you expectantly: yeah, why haven’t you been to any Eastern European experimental film symposiums? Are you trying to drive them into an early grave?

Luckily, Bwog is here to help. We attended the third panel of the Yugoslavian Experimental Film Symposium at the Harriman Institute, “Vukica Djilas & Davorin Marc” (if your family isn’t Yugoslavian, that’s pronounced VOO-keet-sa JEE-las and DA-vo-reen MARTS; if your family is Yugoslavian, please give up now).

Defeat your cousin with more cinema knowledge after the jump

Feb

10

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This could be you

New York City is packed with amazing culture and inspiring art, but sometimes it’s difficult to break the Morningside-bubble and experience it all first-hand. “Where Art Thou” is a weekly guide to interesting and notable lectures, events, and performances for the literary/musically/theatrically-inclined on campus.

On campus:

  • At 6 pm on Tuesday, February 13, the Mivos Quartet – called “one of America’s most daring and ferocious new-music ensembles” by The Chicago Reader – will be performing a series of original works at the Miller Theatre. Find out more here.
  • At 6 pm on Thursday, February 15, the Miller Theatre will be hosting a screening of Jordan Peele’s Oscar- and Golden Globe-nominated movie, Get Out. This nail-biting horror/comedy centers around a black man who discovers an insidious secret while visiting his white girlfriend’s family. The film will be followed by a discussion and Q&A.
  • The CU Artist Society is hosting Valentine’s Portrait Day this Friday, Feb 16 at 6 pm in Dodge 501. Move in speed dating-fashion around the room, drawing your fellow artists and making new friends! Snacks provided.
  • At 8 pm on Friday and 2 and 8 pm on Saturday, Orchesis is presenting the MaMa Project: SEE ME, an exploration of reflection and spatial analysis through dance. See it at the Minor Latham Playhouse: tickets $7 CUID, $9 non-CUID. Check out the Facebook event here.

Off campus:

  • At 7 pm this Thursday, the Brooklyn Museum is holding Brooklyn Talks: A Tribute to Basquiat. The gallery features works by contemporary artists, who will discuss how one of Jean-Michel Basquiat’s works inspired their life and practice. Tickets $25.
  • From 11 am to 5 pm tomorrow, BAM and the Black Comics Collective are hosting Black Comix Expo in Brooklyn, a day-long expo celebrating comics of color. There will be comic exhibitors, a panel discussion, and a cosplay showcase. Get more information here.

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Feb

9

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She was actually wearing an amazing pink velvet coat.

Did you know that Columbia has a building called the Lenfest Center for the Arts? Arts Editor Riva Weinstein feels like she probably should have, before she trekked all the way up to 129th St. to attend photographer LaToya Ruby Frazier’s talk, Art as Transformation: Using Photography for Social Change. Oh well.

LaToya Ruby Frazier speaks to us in many voices. One of them is Silvio, an elderly Sardinian man who worked for decades in the coal mine region of Belgium. Then there is his coworker, Emil; his boss, Antonio; and Jean-Claude, whose son died in a mining accident at the age of 9.

Over the course of her two-and-a-half-hour talk, many more voices enter the picture (or rather, emerge from it): the Cobb family, living with poisonous water in Flint, Michigan. Laborers at a collapsing steel company. Martin Luther King, Jr., James Baldwin, Gordon Parks and more offer their opinions on the place of art in society. “It’s not my glory,” says Frazier in reference to a successful exhibit. “I am a messenger.”

Frazier’s stark black-and-white photographs explore the public and private lives of America’s forgotten people: victims of social injustice, health care inequality, environmental degradation, and the all-destructive path of American industries. She aims to reflect real life, the truth that is so often silenced by mass media.

Who else was reflected in Frazier’s talk?

Feb

1

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He reminds of all the people who stand outside Butler.

Not quite the same trek as Siberia to Moscow, but guest writer Riva Weinstein still hiked to the 12th floor of IAB. She attended the opening of  the exhibit Eduard Gorokhovsky: From Siberia to Moscow, Selected Works on Paper and shares her experience below.

Tucked away on the 12th floor of the International Affairs Building, the reception for the Harriman Institute’s exhibit, Eduard Gorokhovsky: From Siberia to Moscow, Selected Works on Paper, is just getting into swing. The air fills up with the sounds of Russian and English. Guests mingle and pour each other wine.

My attention is grabbed by the first of the 18 pieces: a portrait of a Soviet-era worker, entitled Worker. Desaturated greens and blues spread a milky film over his red eyes, giving the impression of melancholy and weariness. But his pursed lips, with their dangling cigarette, add an impish personality to the face.

The young granddaughter of the Kolodzei Foundation’s founder sits with her legs dangling off the couch, playing with a toy slot machine. There is a quarter inside, but she needs three cherries to get it. We commiserate on how difficult and time-consuming it is to make money these days.

How this little girl feels about art and more

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